March 15, 2015

#Review & #Giveaway of Anywhere But Paradise by Anne Bustard

Moving from Texas to Hawaii in 1960,12-year-old Peggy Sue faces a difficult transition when she is bulled as one of the few haole (white) students in her school. This lyrical debut novel is perfect for Common Core classroom connections.

It's 1960 and Peggy Sue has just been transplanted from Texas to Hawaii for her father's new job. Her cat, Howdy, is stuck in animal quarantine, and she's baffled by Hawaiian customs and words. Worst of all, eighth grader Kiki Kahana targets Peggy Sue because she is haole--white--warning her that unless she does what Kiki wants, she will be a victim on "kill haole day," the last day of school. Peggy Sue's home ec teacher insists that she help Kiki with her sewing project or risk failing. Life looks bleak until Peggy Sue meets Malina, whose mother gives hula lessons. But when her parents take a trip to Hilo, leaving Peggy Sue at Malina's, life takes an unexpected twist in the form of a tsunami. Peggy Sue is knocked unconscious and wakes to learn that her parents safety and whereabouts are unknown. Peggy Sue has to summon all her courage to have hope that they will return safely.

Releases simultaneously in e-book format: 978-1-60684-586-8
 About the Author

Anne Bustard is the former co-owner of the children's bookstore Toad Hall Bookshop in Austin and an MFA graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her picture book biography, Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (S&S/Wiseman 2005) was an IRA Notable Book and a Bank Street Book of the Year. Like Peggy Sue, Anne has lived in both Texas and Hawaii. 

Although this was a cute book at times.  And it really gives you a look at the other side of the story.  Where a white girl can be bullied as well.  It takes it to the extreme where I need to question where were the adults.  I also questions why this was set in the 1960's.  I think it would have worked out a lot better for kids to relate if it would have been set in our time.  

 Go Into This One Knowing 
If you like books about bullies etc then deff pick this one up. 

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I would probably have nightmares like you too. I can´t imagine that I would live anywhere else. Go to new school, meet new people. Nightmare for me :D

I would have loved it.. we've moved at least 12 times over the years :)

I don't think I would be fine to move to the other side of the world (I live in Europe). I think I would get homesick really badly

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